Wednesday, August 19, 2020

BREC Gives Notice Regarding Public Hearing


 BREC will hold a public hearing on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at its administrative building in the board room of the BREC Commission located at 6201 Florida Boulevard, Baton Rouge, Louisiana as shown in the notice below.  

The public hearing will be held to consider adopting an ordinance rolling forward millage rates to ensure BREC can continue to collect property taxes at the rate approved by voters. BREC’s current maximum millage, as approved by the voters at the ballot, is 14.463.?If BREC rolls forward its millages in September, it will result in an additional $3,594,820 for the park system.  

The nationally accredited and Gold Medal award finalist which maintains 176 parks and more than 100 facilities throughout East Baton Rouge Parish is implementing its second Imagine Your Parks strategic plan, which was approved by voters in 2014 while also working on other major transformative projects that have arisen in the community since the strategic plan was developed, such as the reimagination of the Zoo and Greenwood Community Park, the Lakes Master Plan, and the recently approved Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan. These additional funds from the roll forward will be used to help support these newly envisioned projects as along with standard inflationary increases in operations while ensuring BREC maintains its current level of exceptional serivce and  continues to improve the quality of life of the community through parks and programs throughout East Baton Rouge Parish.  

According to the East Baton Rouge Parish Tax Assessor’s Office, a homeowner of a residential property assessed at $150,000 would pay $108 per year to operate and maintain the entire BREC system. The increase in taxes from the roll forward would result in a $5.70 annual increase for a homeowner of a residential property assessed at $150,000.  

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Notice is hereby given pursuant to Article 7, Section 23(C) of the Louisiana Constitution and R.S. 47:1705(B) that a public hearing of the Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge will be held at its regular meeting place, the Board Room of the Commission (Room 1800) located at 6201 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806, on September 24, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. to consider levying additional or increased millage rates without further voter approval or adopting the adjusted millage rates after reassessment and rolling forward to millage rates not to exceed the prior year’s maximum. The estimated amount of tax revenues to be collected in the next tax year from the increased millage is $68,320,474, and the estimated amount of increase in taxes attributable to the millage increase is $3,594,820. 


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